I don’t dress up for Halloween. Why? Because I never get invited to do cool things but I like the idea of dressing up. And I think lots of other people do too. I mean, just look at the selection of costumes for adults out there.
This year I will be using perfume as a costume 😉 In this fragrance guide, I’m pairing perfumes with popular Halloween costumes for men and women. Get fully in character with these scents –
Mini rant – I find so many of the store bought costumes to be borderline offensive to full-blown offensive (“tequila dude”, nerds… Continue reading | 14 Comments
“I was the spark that lit up Flaming Youth, Colleen Moore was the torch. What little things we are to have caused all that trouble.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Colleen was in a million films and became an icon of an era. My guess is that this portrait is from the late 1920’s (1927 or 1928), the height of Colleen’s popularity. She is often overshadowed by other “flappers” of the era as they were viewed as more rebellious due to their film roles. Colleen was America’s Sweetheart… Continue reading | 11 Comments
Jasmin et Cigarettes is time travel in a bottle. It’s a jazzy, skanky jasmine with this dry, hay-like, fresh pack of cigarettes. A very realistic, freshly opened pack of smokes. But, that isn’t all. If you wanted that, one could purchase a heavily taxed pack of cigarettes. You do get jasmine, but that isn’t what impresses me (actually this jasmine is quite “low brow”). I love the fruity, chewy addition of osmanthus like apricot. I think this is brilliant: hay, dried apricot florals and a fresh pack of ciggarettes. The dry down is “odd” but I think it… Continue reading | 9 Comments
Tarragon is such an unique and complex note. I often complain that it isn’t used enough in perfumery. Well, Esscentual Alchemy has used it and and used it well. Esscentual Alchemy by Absinthe Dragonfly Sax & Violets is an interesting composition of patchouli and yes, tarragon. The final result is a sweet, woodsy, and balmy fragrance that I can’t stop sniffing.
What I expected: With a name like Sax & Violets, I imagined a… Continue reading | 11 Comments
Barbara LaMarr’s look is quite the Betty Boop look, huh? Here’s my attempt to recreate this look for the modern day. I’m not very happy with my final outcome. I could not get the right lighting! For some reason I kept coming out excessively pink. Sunburn from the rare winter sunshine in Western Washington? I think not.
FACE: First, I apply foundation. I use Shisiedo Stick Foundation in 040. I blend with fingertips. Apply concealer where needed. I applied MAC Studio Finish Concealer under… Continue reading | 10 Comments